Although there’s been quite a bit of speculation over the past few months, the Korean Formula One track (at Yeongam/Mokpo – promoted as the latter in Korea, the former elsewhere) was inspected today and although nothing official has come out, the track has received positive comments from race director, Charlie Whiting. On top of that, F1 supremo, Bernie Eccleston, is determined the race go ahead.
In other words, the Korean F1 is virtually certain to go ahead in a little under two weeks time (Oct 22-24).
Since we have tickets, Lady bing and I have been a little anxious, but I think it’s safe to say we’re able now to get properly excited.
Lady bing and I are seated in the front row of the I-b grandstand which barring a mountain in the way, should give us a good view of most of the track.
The cars right in front of us will be doing 250km/h. Not bad for what we paid.
JFTR, we are at turn 11.
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A bit extra.
This will be the third last race of the season. There are 75 winner’s points up for grabs, with five drivers who could potentially take the title, noteably Aussie Mark Webber (Red Bull), Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull), and Fernando Alonso (Ferrari). They are on 220 and 206 (both) respectively. McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button are on 192 and 189 points respectively.
Of note is that Hamilton could well be demoted five places next race as he might (probably?) have to make an unscheduled gearbox change – again. Unfortunate (kinda). He was demoted five places last race, too, for the same reason but the new gearbox had problems – it couldn’t make 3rd – too.
Not that it’s any near certain who’ll win the championship, here’s hoping for crowd favourite, Mark Webber. The veteran who’s done it tough for much of his career certainly deserves it most. That said, it’s been a ripper of a season. Heck, last race wheels were falling off cars left, right and centre. There have been crashes galore all season. Five cars didn’t even make one lap. One car didn’t even make the warm-up lap!
The Korean GP is gearing up to be one helluva race! There are two long and fast straights which should favour the Ferrari’s and McLarens but they are tempered by a massive set of corners, some of them pretty fast, which should favour the Red Bulls.